To finally kick-start the promised Calabar Garment Factory, 300 women have been recruited after undergoing rigorous interview sessions.
The Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade approved the immediate engagement of the women, who were the first batch of applicants.
Governor Ayade, who was at the factory to monitor the screening of the women, gave the approval sequel to the performance of the applicants.
While addressing the women, Professor Ayade stated that the factory would employ men as well to fill up the 3,000 vacancies.
Amid cheering applicants, Governor Ayade said “when we set up this factory, the intension was not just to create jobs, but guarantee young men and women the opportunity for better living. I am so excited about what I have seen here, the number of people and the energy is an indication that our factory has taken off. Remember, the factory has the capacity to create 3,000 jobs”.
He assured the newly employed women of government’s commitment to pay good salaries, provide lunch and transportation in line with acceptable global standards.
In company of the Governor were the President and founder of Africa Young Entrepreneurs, AYE, Summy Francis and a team of African entrepreneurs who described the establishment of Calabar Garment Factory a demonstration of true leadership.
Francis said: “this is not just an opportunity but something that will create Africa. From our interactions with the Governor, we understand that the garment factory is the least of his lofty dreams for the people of Cross River. He is a man that believes in the growth of Cross River and Nigeria as well as of Africa.”
“This innovation is overwhelming and a mind blowing opportunity for the unemployed and investors which will bring investments back to Africa,” he added.